We move now to step 2: The Examination (Chair Side Forms). All dentists know how to complete an examination so it is not necessary to go into that, except to remind the reader that there are only two types of consultations for new patients according to the ADA’s CDT codes. Keeping this in mind makes … Continue reading Dental Office Time Management and Patient Care Series: Patient Examination
Here is an interesting article illuminating the challenges for dentists who treat special needs patients. In these tough, yet important cases, use of IV sedation is a great tool, as Dr. Foleck is aware. In the right hands it is reasonably safe and effective. However, it requires full knowledge of the medical history and pharmacology … Continue reading Challenges in Special Care Dentistry: IV Sedation
Observing the delivery of dental care is, for the dentist, a solitary clinical experience. In fact we want our work to be imperceptible. Because of this, patients do not even know to tell their friends about the marginal integrity of their restorations. They do not brag about how you prevented a pulp necrosis following an … Continue reading Dental Office Time Management and Patient Care Series: Patient Intake
Over the past 35 years I have examined thousands of patients after their dental cleaning to check for problems such as decay and periodontitis. Eventually I realized that these standalone exams leave much to be desired. My ability to analyze dental health indicators over time, lacked a mechanism or tool already built into an existing … Continue reading Long Term Preventive Care: Ensuring Patient Loyalty
A common dental challenge that I face, and hear about from my colleagues, is keeping up with the medical and pharmacology histories of each patient. When my patient first registers they fill out a health questionnaire. But their information can quickly change, and as you can imagine keeping up a paper record is cumbersome. While … Continue reading Medical History’s Impact on Dental Care: How to manage the information!